Research Assistant, 1-2 positions

Teacher and Scientist

January 1, 2018

Job description

In cooperation with the Laboratories of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Systems, Pervasive Computing, Electronics and Communication Engineering and Signal Processing the Laboratory Mathematics is seeking for 1-2 part-time research assistants to support in designing and implementing a CubeSat space mission to a near-Earth asteroid. The CubeSat will be equipped with a radar, which needs to be designed and built. The work will be a part of the Academy of Finland Key Project Low and High Frequency Inverse Imaging. We are looking for Master’s Degree students with knowledge in the following fields (one or more): 

An M. Sc. degree (or equivalent) in mathematics is required to be complete, or to be completed soon (e.g. thesis is ready). The position requires a good study background in analysis, especially linear functional analysis(on the introductory level), differential equations, and complex analysis. Knowledge in partial differential equations, numerical methods, and Matlab are considered to be a bonus. The position requires good command of English (written and spoken).

  1. Aerospace technology and its applications
  2. Embedded computing systems, electronics and FPGA-based signal processing
  3. Hardware development and testing
  4. Radar instruments
  5. High-performance scientific computing and programming. 

The possible tasks will be one the following: 

  1. Designing and building the mechanical/electromechanical test for the CubeSat (Aerospace and Mechanical engineering). 
  2. Developing the radar for the CubeSat (Electronics and radio systems). 
  3. Developing and demonstrating the operation of EMC testing environment for the CubeSat and its components. 
  4. Computational modelling and inversion of radar signals. 

The goal is to design and build a hardware and data processing interface for the radar. The Laboratory of Mathematics, Tampere University of Technology, will be the host institute of the project. The working period will include a secondment hosted by Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany, or other project collaborator for extended period of time (3 months at the most). The project will also be supported by the Laboratory of Pervasive Computing, TUT, and other project collaborators. Suitable persons to supervise the thesis work will be decided later. 


The position is especially suitable for candidates interested in space technology and planetary science. The candidates should be close to graduation and able to prepare a Master’s Thesis at the Tampere University of Technology based on the work. Nevertheless storng candicates outside Tampere University of Tehcnology can be considered as well. The applicants should have completed studies in a field relevant to the research area, e.g., embedded systems hardware design and programming, electrical engineering or signal processing. In addition, experience in scientific computing and Matlab is an advantage, but it is not required. Good English language skills (oral and written) are essential. Ability to work, cooperate and communicate in a multicultural team and to interact with research partners is important.

We offer

We offer an inspiring and supportive work environment where you are encouraged to follow your ideas and develop your skills in academic research. We are proud that with the extensive academic and departmental support, our students have an excellent track record for successful completion of their PhD degrees.


The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to other than teaching and research staff, the position of Reserach Assistan is placed on the job demands level 1 (a percentage of the full salary agreed with the employee) (a percentage of the full salary agreed with the employee). In addition, employees receive performance based salary according to their study credits.

Trial Period

Trial period of 4 months applies for all new employees


Working period: The duration of the work can be 8-12 months. The starting date will be in November 2017.
The candidate will be working on the TUT Hervanta campus, Tampere, Finland. information, please contact:For more information, please contact: Asst. Prof. Sampsa Pursiainen,, Doctoral Student Mika Takala,

For more information, please contact

  1. Assistant professor Lassi Paunonen, (lassi.paunonen @

How to apply

Applications must be submitted in English by TUT online application form. The open position/positions will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. 

All applications must be enclosed with the following:

  • CV (including list of publications if any) 
  • cover letter 
  • a transcript of University study records All attachments should preferably be in pdf format. 
  • Closing date for applications is 16.10.2017. Additional information on attachments to applications


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